Guns Don't Kill, People Do!
The NRA wasted no time in getting its pro-gun pundits to come out against any gun control legislation after the uproar of the Valentine's Day massacre at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th. And the pundits are correct, guns don't kill. But people using guns do the killing!
That is why we should have requirements for people using guns, the same as we do for motor vehicle operators, pesticide applicators, persons using and dispensing alcoholic beverages, train and plane and tug boat operators, and an unlimited number of equipment operators and persons who work with hazardous substances that pose a significant danger to the public if uncontrolled. In those instances it is always the person involved with the equipment or substance that is regulated, not necessarily the equipment or substance. We agree with the pundits!
But in some cases, many in fact, safety requirements also exist for the tool, equipment, apparatus or substance. And the more hazardous the equipment or substance, the more regulations put upon it and the operators. For example, there are more than a few regulations put on automobile manufacturers, because an automobile is more deadly than a bicycle. Generally, only the rider of the bike is injured when a bike crashes. An automobile accident may cause injury to the driver, passengers, and other persons and property not in any way associated with the operation of the automobile. I would guess there are many more safety regulations on an ocean liner, airliner, passenger and freight trains. Does anyone really fear government confiscation of our toy or substances because of rules that make them safe for our use?
And training and fitness requirements for the operators likewise are increased.
The argument that the Second Amendment somehow shields one from responsible conduct is nonsensical. In any society there must be rules and regulations to prevent unintentional harm to members of the society.
Regulation of firearms is required if we are to safely enjoy our Second Amendment rights.
Proverbs 1:20-22 (NIV) 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: 22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?